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ERIC Number: EJ832300
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0190-2946
An Open Letter to Ninth Graders
Sullivan, Patrick
Academe, v95 n1 p6-10 Jan-Feb 2009
Many studies and reports in recent years have argued that there's an important "expectations gap" between the skills students are typically bringing to college and what college teachers think students should be bringing with them to college. This article, presented in the form of an open letter to first-year high school students, is an attempt to state those expectations clearly, at least from the author's perspective. In this article, the author provides a checklist of specific goals that students can work toward over the next four years. These college-readiness skills include reading, writing, thinking, listening, "grit" (i.e., self-discipline, perseverance, and passion), and attitude toward college.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 9; High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A